2006 Signee: The Elusive Courtney Jones

The growing trend of high school football players committing early has caught on at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have fourteen commitments towards the 2007 signing class. This time last year, Coach Croom and staff had two verbal pledges. One of those pledges and the first commitment of the 2006 class was Pensacola, Florida running back Courtney Jones.

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We were able to catch up with the elusive Jones for an update on his summer preparations for campus life at Mississippi State as well as his thoughts on his early commitment.

"They gave me the workout book, so basically I have been working out. I am just trying to get ready to come up there. The workout is a lot more than what we were doing in high school, so I had to make a big adjustment or I wouldn't be ready," said Jones.

Courtney currently stands 6'0'' and weighs in at a solid 211 pounds. Jones reports that he has been diligent in his work habits and has already seen some benefits from his new workout regimen.

"When I first started I used to get real tired, but now I am doing better. I look and feel a lot stronger. I know my arms have more definition in them," reported Courtney.

Jones, one of three tailback signees in the 2006 class, was the first to tell Sly Croom yes.

"I went up there when I was in the tenth grade and I was a ball boy at one of their camps. I just liked how they treated me, so when I got the offer it was an easy decision," said Jones.

Despite the early commitment, Courtney never wavered. He continued to receive letters and some phone calls from other schools enquiring on the status of his commitment to Mississippi State. Through it all he remained solid.

"One coach from Florida, the one who used to be at Mississippi State (Stan Drayton), he called me and wondered if I wanted to come down there. He knew Florida was my favorite team, but I stuck it out with Mississippi State. I used to get letters all the time from Arkansas, Florida and a bunch more," said Jones.

Jones' decision to stick it out with Mississippi State, he feels was the correct one.

"If you really look at Mississippi State's offense it is similar to what we ran, so I feel I can fit right in," said Courtney.

With three high school signees looking to come in and make an impact at the tailback position, it could get real interesting.

"They expect me to come in and step it up. They had two walk-on running backs for the spring. I am going in to compete," said Jones. "I am excited to make that step from high school to college."

Jones expects to breeze through the NCAA clearinghouse and is anxious for that first college moment.

"It's not that it's the first game, but it's that first hand off. I believe if everything goes well on that first hand off, it will let me know how my whole career is going to go," said Jones.


Steve Robertson is a staff member of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing therobertsonreport@hotmail.com.

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